This is an epic story. I have read this book and seen the HBO series. The story itself is very emotionally difficult and not for everyone, but very engaging. The character development is exquisite. GRRM does not follow typical conventions, such as keeping main characters safe, etc. Expect to be devastated many times.
This narrator is horrible. Having not only read the books, but also seen the HBO series, I'm very familiar with the tale. I found the same thing many others have complained about with the reader - his accent is difficult sometimes to understand because he runs his words together. Additionally, he pronounces the characters' names differently at different times. He puts the same gravelly voice on a variety of different characters - men, women - when voice acting. I don't find them at all congruent with the characters (and I know the characters). I just wanted to refresh myself of the books since it has been a long while since I read them and the TV series is on, so I thought I would just listen to them since I am in the car a lot. But I doubt I will be able to stand it. Also, it was pretty expensive and I am regretting buying the book now.
Not with this reader.
PLEASE, George R. R. Martin - read these yourself so we can hear it read appropriately!
I bought this book to play wile in Canada fishing (quiet night nights), could not down load to my ipad, wish I could listen to it.
Yes, because it is a great, immersive storyline.
No. Absolutely Not.
I love this series. So much so that I bought the audiobook despite having already read the paper versions and avidly follow the HBO series. The material is great. The narrator is attrocious.
Roy Dotrice does a good, very good job with the general narrative and the lowborn characters. Where he really stumbles is in trying to use the same Cockney accent for the highborn characters, and particularly the ladies. His falsetto when attempting to mimic a woman's speech is terrible. It can be really painful to listen to at times.
My other complaint with the narrator is an obvious lack of preparation for the material. The most glaring example that comes to mind is when the character Hodor speaks. As we all know, Hodor only has one word in his vocabulary -- 'Hodor' -- so you would think it would be pretty difficult for a professional, paid narrator -- particularly one who also happens to have played a bit part on the television series-- to screw it up. Sadly, Mr. Dotrice manages to do so with reckless alacrity.
In both the books and the tv series, whenever Hodor speaks, it is always a quick, simple word, as in, "Hodor". The pitch and tone of the word will very greatly depending upon his emotional state, but never, NEVER, does the character draw the word out like "HOoOoOoOoOoOoOoDoOoOoOoOr" as Mr. Dotrice does, Every. Single. Time.
It has a nails on the chalkboard quality that is not only painful to listen to,but is made all the more aggravating by its inaccuracy.
I was greatly disappointed to read that Mr. Dotrice had been retained to narrate the entire series.
At this point, I am debating whether or not to even buy book 2, and if I do so, it will only be in the desperate hope that someone has pulled the narrator aside and apprised him of his inaccuracies and shortcomings before letting him anywhere near the microphone to continue his onslaught against an otherwise excellent body of work.
Yes and no. I truly enjoyed the beginning of this book until characters started dying. I had gotten attached to characters and they were killed off. After three died, I stopped reading. I would recommend this book to those that don't identify and get attached to characters.
The books were excellent. Im just really disappointed in this. Ive never listened to an audiobook before and im not sure if its the narrator but i really am not enjoying this. Its difficult to follow and hard to pay attention to. Its my first book on audible and i dont know if i care to continue.
I dont know if anyone could have done any better but it isnt very good.
Some sort of plot would have been interesting. Not having 503,435 characters would have been less confusing. I got through half of the book because of the reviews .. I FORCED myself, saying, "I HAVE to like this!" I hated every bit of it. The chapters were little snippets of stories that were as boring and trivial as can be. I think we had to hear what shade of brown or blue or green or purple, etc., etc., most of the 503,435 characters had. God I hated this! (And if I have to hear about ONE MORE throat being cut....)
It certainly has put the fear of God into me! But then, not all fantasy writers could be this bad, no?
Maybe. The British accent is starting to wear thin.
ANGER that I was duped into trying it by all the reviews. I don't see how it is possible that people got through all that endless rubbish.
If you find the first few chapters boring, take heed! It doesn't get any better!
First the good. I only made it 5 hours into the book, but there were already plenty of diverse characters. The narrator also did a good job distinguishing the voices. I was picking up on who was speaking based on his work faster than I was learning the names.
I cannot continue the book, however, because the author does too good of a job painting this world as debauched. He casually throws in dirty and descriptive sex on a frequent basis. That simply ruins it for me.
If you want a well written and well-read story that leaves you feeling as though you just spent the last hour trudging through the sewers, then this is the book for you.
I love audio books. Makes driving so much more entertaining.
Someone who can handle multiple story lines in first person. I really wanted to like this book and or series. Every time I would listen to it would got so sleep while driving.
Make sure to not listen to this when driving, you may fall asleep.
He is trying to give a good performance but the information just drags on
none they all are needed. The characters just need to be more intertwined.
the depth of the characters and how unpredictable it is
hard-to understand; makes me feel uncomfortable; annoying role-playing attempts that fail to accomplish anything
no.. it's way too long for that! took me forever to get through this book
Audible apps don't do a good job of helping you pick up where you left off across multiple devices, so try to use this on only one device if you don't want to end up lost and having to search through 40some hours for where you were!